Book Report, June 2013

  • Folks, This Ain’t Normal, Joel Salatin. Caution: this book will make you want to go buy a farm.
  • Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly Starrett. Holy posture correction, Batman! Everything I thought I knew is wrong, from standing to sitting to pushups. Everyone shows me the “right” way to do pushups — elbows next to the body and all that — but I just could never get it to work; turns out I need to 1) screw my shoulder joint in (no slack) which helps 2) turn my “elbow pit” forward (just like posturing in guard) and then 3) squeeze my glutes. And yes, I got down on the floor at work when I read that and did a pushup the right way.
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Bodies at rest…

…tend to stay at rest, especially when there’s a La-Z-Boy involved…

Too tired Thursday morning from Wednesday evening BJJ. Still tired/not in the rhythm on Friday, and didn’t go to Friday BJJ. Slept in this morning, and didn’t go to BJJ. Hrm, my posts lately all starting to look a little sparse on the BJJ. I’ll get back there, not because I ought to but because I want to.

Book Report, March 2013

Whew, I’m finally done with being sick. Some codeine cough syrup helped kick the last of it out. Still not feeling terribly great, though, so am sitting out one more night from BJJ. (Since when did I start prioritizing my health over my training? Hrmph.)

  • Guns, Germs, & Steel, Jared Diamond. A history of the world, tracing what allowed some civilizations to thrive & conquer others. Pretty neat (though not so great on the Kindle, as most of the charts were spaced funky, and none of the maps or images were displayed. Oh well.).
  • Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser. A history of the fast-food industry and its ramifications throughout American society. Interesting read. (Also, not gonna eat at fast food again if I can help it. Yeah…).

The rest of my free time this last month was focused on either the Skyrim DLC or Ni No Kuni (which is pretty awesome).